Clinch Has New Suitor

Lewis Clinch is basically down to three schools. Well, make that <i>was</i> down to three schools. One school has come calling and the big-time senior guard is willing to hear them out.

Lewis Clinch is down to three schools. Well, sort of.

The Crisp County (Ga.) 6-3, 185-pound senior shooing guard had pretty much narrowed his focus to Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Georgia – until this past week, when he received a couple calls. Clinch had conversations with both Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant coach Chris Collins and will host the Blue Devils in an in-home visit on Sept. 15.

``I guess they're interested," said the 6-3, 185-pound senior shooting guard from Crisp County High (Ga.). "And when a school like Duke calls, put yourself in my position, you've got to hear what they have to say."

``It's another option and a school with a lot of tradition," added Clinch. "It's a great coach in a great conference. It's something you need to hear out."

``You've got to look at where I came from," he continued. "I wasn't even ranked in the top 200 going into the summer, so I don't blame them for not recruiting me until now. I was just another high school player last year – and they recruit McDonald's All-Americans."

However, when it's all said and done, Clinch may have a shot at making the McDonald's Game. He's is a big-time scorer who can get to the basket and also knock down the perimeter shot with consistency. He also has an impressive pull-up jumper, good quickness and is a good student academically.

Clinch will begin a trio of official visits this weekend with a trip to Georgia Tech. Then he'll take a week off before heading to Wake Forest on Sept. 10 and then finish with Georgia the following weekend.

However, one more trip – to Durham – could be added depending on how the in-home goes with Clinch and the Blue Devils.

``We'll talk and see how we feel about each other," Clinch said. "An official visit is definitely possible."

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